Major Concepts: Historical Thinking, Turning Point, Power, Conflict/War, Culture/Diversity, American Identity
Dictators & Beginning of War
American Reaction & Response
Turning Point Battles
America at HomeEnd of War - Yalta & Potsdam
America on the Sidelines Interactive
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Here is the link for primary sources regarding countries attempts at avoiding direct conflict with Germany. Link
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Go to this link and read the provided primary sources.
Then answer the following questions with evidence from the text. Email your answers to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. According to Hideki Tojo, what actions had the United States taken that made reaching a diplomatic resolution impossible?
2. Why is Winston Churchill happy about the attack on Pearl Harbor?
3. What explanation does Zinn give for the United States going to war after the attack on Pearl Harbor? From past discussions of primary sources, is there evidence of U.S. citizens agreeing with Zinn's view at that time?
WWII - Big Events
Current groups will create a timeline, outlining the major events and battles of World War II using the Timeline Program at: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/
and their textbook:
For each event listed in the textbook, groups must do the following:
1.Place the event on the timeline
2.Attach a picture that represents event.
3.Explain the cause, effect, and significance of each event on the timeline (1 paragraph each).
Besides the links provided on my website, I have provided a few additional sites here:
The goal of this assignment is for students to independently research key events of WWII, and understand the impact each had on the war as a whole. Students will be graded on the following criteria:
Completion of all events on timeline.
The quality of separate paragraphs describing causes and effects of each event on the timeline.
The accuracy of a chosen paragraph accompanying each event on the timeline.
PLUS: completion of both groups timelines during presentation.